February brings a fresh start for secondary school students across Ontario, and at BDSS our students look forward to seeing the results of their hard work during the first semester when report cards come out, and to their new semester two classes as well.

The improving weather of semester two brings with it a wide array of spring sports including soccer, rugby and track and field, as well as our year end music department concerts and graduation celebrations.


In wrestling action, the Bucs have been busy racking up medals in preparation for the Zone, SOSSA and OFSAA championships in February and March.

Sam Adams won gold medals at Bishop Ryan Invitational, Eden, Thorold, Craig Kielburger and Blessed Trinity tournaments. Sam has worked her way up to be a top tier player at 51kg and she will be a favorite to contender for the gold at the OFSSA championships this year.

Geet Chahill won two silver medals this year and is coming on strong just at the right time.

Reet Chahill won gold and silver so far. Reet battled back from an early season injury this year and again is one of the top competitors at 54kg for boys in the province.

Gracie Groulx won a silver medal performance at Eden, where she nearly defeated the defending OFSAA champ. She will be the X-Factor at this year’s qualifying events, with the ability to upset anyone who stands in her way.

Issa Hatu won a silver medal at Eden and Thorold. Issa displayed grit and toughness battling his way in one of this year’s toughest weight classes, he will be a factor at the Zone and SOSSA championships, looking for his first trip to OFSAA.

Jess Tillmans won a gold medal at Thorold. Jess is the defending OFSAA bronze medalist and is looking to take the step up the gold medal match at this year’s OFSAA championships.

Maddy Obrien won a silver medal at Blessed Trinity. Maddy is always in the mix to compete for the gold medal and a tough competitor at every tournament.

– Zone championships take place on February 15 at Blessed Trinity
– SOSSA championships take place on February 22 at Thorold SS
– OFSAA championships take place on March 5, 6, 7 at UofWindsor


Our BDSS Music Department held their 37th Annual Turkey Dinner Fundraiser on December 8. The Hogwarts themed night included a Turkey Dinner, a Silent Auction and Concert performed by the talented musicians of BDSS. The money fundraised at this event will go to help support the music program here at BDSS. Up next for the music department will be a trip to Florida, where they will be visiting the Disney & Universal Parks. This fortunate group of students will gain performance experience, attend workshops and attend various musical shows within the two parks. An incredible opportunity for our BDSS students that is supported by our BDSS community.


Returning from our break, the rowing team has been hard at work. They have started their indoor conditioning and have spent some time training at Brock University at the indoor rowing tank. Up first for the Bucs Rowers are two Ergometer Regattas. The Rudenkrieg Regatta, which will be hosted here at BDSS on February 24. Following that, the Bucs will compete at the Provincial Ergometer Championships, March 3 at Ridley College. The rowers are hoping to be on the water over March Break, preparing for their first outdoor Regatta, The Mother’s Day Regatta held at Henley Island, in St.Catharines.


On March 2nd, BDSS will host its 3rd annual Trivia Night Fundraiser. This is a licensed event hosted by BDSS, with all funds raised going back to student activity. The trivia is pop culture based and is always a lot of fun for all in attendance. The cost is $20 per ticket or $160 per table and there will be some silent auction items up for grabs as well. Pizza, snacks and light refreshments are included with entry. Please contact Kelly Bolibruck (Kelly.bolibruck@dsbn.org) to purchase tickets or visit the school website at beamsvilless.dsbn.org for more information. This year we will seek out community sponsorship for each round of trivia. If your business has any interest in supporting the students of BDSS please, contact Kelly.